Toronto, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Avril 2018

Colloque organisé à Toronto par Grégoire Holtz et John Haines, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.


April 6, Goldring Student Center, Victoria College, University of Toronto




9:00 – 9:15 am

Foreword by Ethan Matt Kavaler (Director, CRRS)

Introduction by John Haines and Grégoire Holtz


9:15 – 10:15 am

Session I: The Experience of Curiosity

Camelia Sararu (University of Toronto, Department of French)

“‘Pure’ Versus Utilitarian Curiosity in Seventeenth-Century French Travel Accounts to the Middle East, Persia and India”

Oana Baboi (University of Toronto, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science)

“Crustaceans, crosses, and cures”


10:15 – 11:00 am Plenary Talk

Myriam Marrache-Gouraud (University of West Brittany in Brest)

“Cabinet, Museum, Treasury… Common Names for Uncommon Places”


11:15 – 12:15 pm

Session II: The Storage of Curiosity

Jean-Olivier Richard (University of Toronto, St Michael College, Christianity and Culture: Christianity and Science)

“How to Become a Curiosity: Life and Afterlife of Père Castel”


Myron McShane (University of Toronto, Department of French)

“The Delights and Limits of Curiosity: Gemstones and Pillars in a French Renaissance Commentary on Poetic Geography”


2:00 – 3:00 pm

Session III: The Outer Limits of Curiosity

Leslie Wexler (University of Toronto, Department of English)

“Curious Critters: Insects in Shakespeare”

Paul Harrison (University of Toronto, English)

“The Early Modern Desire to Know Everything”


3:00 – 3:15 pm Coffee Break


3:15 – 4:30 pm

Session IV: The Sounds of Curiosity

John McClelland (University of Toronto, Department of French)

“Curiosity Incarnated: Pontus de Tyard’s Curieux”

John Haines (University of Toronto, Faculty of Music)

“Musical Curiosities at the Canadian Museum of History”


4:45 – 6:00 pm

Closing Reception at Regent’s Foyer (GSC203), Goldring Student Centre, Victoria University